Tech’s Johnson ranks with the greatest

If I had to go to a football game — and I’ll say this with all honesty — I’d pick one in which Paul Johnson is coaching. This is not some overnight observation. This comes from a guy who has seen Neyland, Dodd, Blaik, Wade and Lombardi coach, not to mention having sat for hours with Bob Zuppke. You know, the guy who coached Red Grange at Illinois.

Of course, they’re all gone now, so I’m left with the new fella at Georgia Tech, like it or not. I bring this up after an evening of watching him on “white-out night” Thursday — and let me add, that I despise mid-week night football games. This may or may not appeal in the least to the present-day students in the stands.

(Though, did you notice that during the Georgia Tech-Clemson game, a synchronized cheer of “Fight, fight, fight” broke out in the quite intelligent home-team section? That’s old-time Ivy League stuff that you don’t hear any more, drowned out by that dreadful pregame ear-splitting stuff.)

On the subject of coaching, I will surmise that this was not one of Johnson’s scientific highlights. His Yellow Jackets athletes had rumbled along to a 24-0 lead then went into a mental fog.

Sort of the same affliction that struck them in the opening game with Jacksonville State, no powerhouse but bothersome. One of those touchdowns scored against Clemson totally addled a lot of us. We looked up and the place-kicker, Scott Blair, a junior from Calhoun, was actually throwing the football to Demaryius Thomas, better known as “Bay-Bay,” for a touchdown, and looked quite comfortable at it. That gave Tech a lead of 24-0, and that looked rather well-invested.

Johnson’s athletes must have felt the same way, for they began to bumble and bobble about. And — get this — they never scored again until the fourth quarter, by which time Clemson had taken charge, 27-24.

Keep this in mind, since Tommy Bowden took leave last season, the Tigers have re-tooled their coaching staff. An assistant named Dabo Swinney, unfamiliar to most of us, but an Alabama alum, took his place, and surprising to some, was eventually cemented in place. He hired a young and rather promising offensive coordinator named Billy Napier, and it was Napier’s offense that pummeled the Jackets before Johnson could stem the tide, as they say.

It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t slick. It was all done by Blair and his field goals. Tech never scored another touchdown. After Napier and his offense took the lead, 27-24, Blair tied the score from 34 yards out, then kicked the deciding field goal from 36 yards in the last minute, and color came back in the faces of all those people dressed in white. The next problem was traffic.

Johnson had thrilled them, but not as planned. On the other hand, the Tiger folk got a thrill of their own. More to come from Dabo Swinney, who admires Mack Brown so openly that he went to Texas and sat at Mack’s feet for hours, learning how to be like Mack Brown. I’d say, he’s off to a good start.

As for Tech, I’d suppose that those kids will be spending more time in the football lab before they get to Miami.

197 comments Add your comment

Dawg Foot

September 18th, 2009
8:58 am

Hey Furman, the best coaches do not call their players “stupid”. What are you stupid? Old man, the game has past you by.


September 18th, 2009
9:05 am

oh yea…one last point…..Paul Johnson has 0 championships as a division 1A head coach….. 0, none, zip…..but to Yellow Jacket standards he is one of the best ha ha ha ha ha ……………i guess low standards are praised at schools where they are produced.

Sidney R. Hill, Jr.

September 18th, 2009
9:20 am

Looks like, once again, you put your foot in your mouth, Mr. Bisher. But you should be used to it. You’ve been trying to do PR for Georgia Tech coaches at least since you were so smitten by Bobby Dodd. What happened to the great coach against Miami?

Paul's Johnson

September 18th, 2009
9:37 am

33-17 HaHaHa

Yellowjackets should change their name to the Opossums because they play dead at home and get killed on the road!


September 18th, 2009
9:58 am

Do you still think what your article states Bisher? You’re a hack. Retire.


September 18th, 2009
10:03 am

Ranks with the greatest what?


September 18th, 2009
10:06 am


Furman Bisher is a Teck Hack

September 18th, 2009
10:09 am

Furman Bisher is either stupid or senile, CPJ has proven nothing. See LSU and Miami games. There is a lot more of that to come.

Lance William Sligar Sr.

September 18th, 2009
10:47 am

from benevolentcritic, Hey man what chu bin smokin?

Miami Fan

September 18th, 2009
11:03 am

What a clown who wrote the article! What a clown for a coach!


September 18th, 2009
11:17 am

Enter your comments here


September 18th, 2009
11:43 am

Furman, stop bogarting the bong dude!! Seriously, we want a hit as well.


September 18th, 2009
12:29 pm

More worthless drivel Furman, Johnson looked outcoached and overmatched last night. I can see why Coach Bryant had such a visible disdain for you. Your egregious lies are still studied in Journalism schools today. Your columns are about as worthless as a roll of toilet paper.

Furman Bisher is a Teck Hack

September 18th, 2009
12:39 pm

Furman Bisher hasd been irrelevant since 1960. I hope he is not getting paid for the stupid stuff he writes. If he is getting paid move his stuff to the comedy section.


September 18th, 2009
12:57 pm

now that miami won the game your ga tech fan can shut up your sorry month


September 18th, 2009
12:58 pm

Enter your comments here

Mike Bobo 17 INT

September 18th, 2009
2:40 pm


CMR does not rank and should be fired. Now that Shannon is getting up to speed at Miami, CMR will be looking at a Pittsburgh or ND job once he is released from UGA in 3 years or less.

Johnson is the superior coach, because he knows how to get the most from his players. CMR lacks, because he does not have the intensity to win the big games.

Another reason PJ is better than CMR, is because he took a team handed to him last year, won several key games and beat what was supposed to be the #1 team in the country in their own backyard.

GT is not ready to go 12-0, and may never go 12-0, however, we will all find out in November just how good Miami may or may not be.

Dogs were within a small toss of being 0-2, and quite frankly CMR will get outflanked by Miles and Meyer easily. As far as PJ goes this year against the Doggies, he may win or lose, but if he wins again (back to back) then you can hear that train cranking up to take CMR out of town.

Best start that search committee right now, because you will be hunting for a new coach very soon.

Furman Bisher

September 18th, 2009
2:43 pm

Get off of my lawn, you whippersnappers!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

September 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

UGAY would not stand a chance against Miami. They would get hammered with a somthering defense and destructive offense. Quite frankly, it appears that South Carolina is just not that good this year, so we will see how you pan out with the Pigs this Sat.

1-2 is looking more promising….

Kanye West

September 18th, 2009
4:20 pm

You and Jimmah are just two old fools who should have retired decades ago before you became so senile.

Furman Bisha

September 18th, 2009
5:03 pm


Furman Bisha

September 18th, 2009
5:05 pm

LOL, Somebody beat me to it. Maybe I am senile.


September 18th, 2009
6:16 pm

Is it too late to comment on this? Because I have to agree. Paul Johnson is the greatest coach in the history of sports. He is amazing. He knows how to handle his players (Are you that stupid?) His offense is unstoppable. I mean, he manhandled LSU. He thrashed Jax State. He scored one touchdown against Clemson. He just got nosed out against Miami. I agree. And those wins at GA Southern and Navy count just as much as ACC games. I think we can call him the greatest even if he never wins his own conference or goes to a BCS bowl game.

You go Furman.


September 18th, 2009
6:43 pm

Is Gardner Webb on the schedule this year? Will they beat Virginia this time? It doesn’t matter. Paul Johnson is a swell coach. One of the greatest.


September 18th, 2009
7:20 pm

Going 8-5 against 1-A opponents gets you an “all time greatest” label? Wow what high standards!

Idiot patrol

September 18th, 2009
8:23 pm

This guy Furman Bisher was an idiot when he trashed bear bryant and wally butts back in the 60s with that bogus story about fixing a game. And it looks like he’s still a piece of trash idiot today.

Brevard Cane

September 18th, 2009
9:05 pm


September 12th, 2009
5:36 pm
Paul Johnson sits on the right hand of Barack Obama, from whence he shall judge the quick and the talented.

Hey genius…here’s 2 of the most overrated guys in history. They’re both smooth, and really had everyone drinking the Kool-Aid until they were exposed…too late now…learn to live with them!


September 18th, 2009
9:43 pm

mike 17 int whatever, you are an idiot. out flanked by miles?? CMR hung 50+ on his arse less than 12 months ago.


September 18th, 2009
9:55 pm

Is this article a joke?


September 19th, 2009
9:10 am

are you really that stupid.

Where are you St. Simons?

September 19th, 2009
9:14 am

“St. Simons”…do you ever hang out here on your own team’s blog…or do you just show up to annoy UGA fans on their blog? Do you recall these numbers? (((31-17))), (((15-12))), (((14-7))), (((19-13))), (((34-17))), (((51-7))), (((31-17)))…Are you still laughing??? (Tech fans, if you don’t understand this message, please read any of the postings by your fellow GT fan, “St. Simons”, which appear regularly on most of the UGA blogs.)

C Tatum

September 19th, 2009
10:20 am

Furman Bisher, you need to retire!! you’re irrelevant! Can you write anything except about Tech?? Nothing you write about is current. Tech and the Masters because you get free tickets!!!


September 19th, 2009
1:11 pm

and yet he won’t last as long as Gailey
did at Tech.

Metal Jacket

September 19th, 2009
3:32 pm

Coach Paul Johnson has so little respect for his players that he would ask one of them if he is “STUPID” on national TV for making a mistake against Miami. Is he a great coach? Not hardly. A man that does that is a coward hiding behind his title. THWCPJ. GO JACKETS!!!!!

Dave In Tampa

September 21st, 2009
4:15 pm

David Granger wrote earlier – “CMR needs to tone it down with talking about God.” Son are you serious?? There is no such thing as talking too much about Him. That’s your creator son. Show some respect. The problem is that people do not talk enough about him. Kudos to CMR that is not afraid to speak his faith openly.


October 4th, 2009
3:03 pm

I was at Georgia Tech from 1955-1960 (took a little extra time for some courses before graduating). I always looked forward to the Sunday A.M. edition of the Journal-Constitution and the Football Roundup on TV. Most of the participants in the Roundup are gone–I especailly regret not having Jesse Outlar to have around–but I am so glad that you and your memory are still with us.
Thanks for everything.


October 7th, 2009
10:32 pm

get ready bugs! the big dawgs gonna eat! the date and time draws closer


October 7th, 2009
10:34 pm

burp! (((31-17))), (((15-12))), (((14-7))), (((19-13))), (((34-17))), (((51-7))), (((31-17)))… still full from the other meals…..


October 11th, 2009
4:02 pm

Great Season Tech, you have a great chance to beat Georgia again! Coach Johnson is a great coach and he has done your team well. My next comment you might not like but it is the truth, Johnson is not so nice to the little people in Atlanta. I have a friend that helps Mr. Johnson out at least once a week in the offseason at one of his destinations that Tech is footing the bill for. According to him ( A Georgia Tech student) he has no personality, is very cold, and treats this guy like he is nothing. He could care less what his name is and when he helps him out there is no thankyou or even a word uttered he tells me. That’s a shame.

big t

October 11th, 2009
5:53 pm

furmam i will miss you

hedge puller

October 12th, 2009
10:06 am

Paul Johnson can beat yourn with his’n and then take yourn and beat his’n.
That’s a great coach who can do that.

what tech used to be?????????

October 14th, 2009
11:03 am

was that when Mr. Dodd coached back in the 50’s, We’ll see how good Paul Johnson is when the wounded Canines come calling in Atlanta and the whole world picking tech against us, should be fun!!! getting Nervous Nerds????? thankfully around thanksgiving the dawgs have tech on the schedule, always a good chance for GEORGIA to win that one!!!

Ponce de Leon Ball Park

October 15th, 2009
11:41 am



October 18th, 2009
4:40 am

Put the game into perspective please.

Virginia Tech plays a horrible soft easy football schedule, and always has.

It got blown out by Alabama.

It plays no other good football team all season long, and only Tech is RANKED besides Alabama. It lost both.

Now, Tech faces in the ACC Chumpionship Game some team ranked today in the BCS Rankings NOT in the BCS Top 50.

Don’t forget Furman Bisher, you said Tech would beat UGA this year and that you wrote your LAST ARTICLE EVER last Sunday.

The crowd never left after the game ?

Excuse me the crowd never showed up, still trying to sell all the seats before the game with 4 cokes, 2 hotdogs, a bag of peanuts and a free parking pass down there in the slums of Atlanta where all the crime is.

pall gohnson

October 18th, 2009
8:45 pm

i had a possum sandwich for breakfast. and i like to run a high cool offense like many high cool’s acroos the coutry do.

josh nessbot

October 18th, 2009
8:48 pm

coarch pleese let me throw te football, i will give you a hotdog if you do.

Statue for CPJ

October 19th, 2009
7:21 pm

Bisher, your article gets closer to the truth with every game tech plays.

BuLLdawg, I’m worried that you are going to hurt someone or yourself. After Tech beat VT, you went on every Tech blog and posted a bunch of crazy s**t. If losing drives you CRAZY (which it apparently does), Tech still has some season tickets left for you up in the bleeds for next year.